landis.jpgSchenectady, NY - Without missing a beat after returning from a national conference at which climate issues took priority, Ferdinand Breglia, the Landis Arboretum's ISA Certified Arborist, is again about to walk the talk with an exhibit focused on global warming.  Already mounted in Schenectady's trendy Moon and River Café, the month long exhibit will run through July 31. A special reception is slated for 7 PM on Friday, July 17, and will feature Mr. Breglia's own band, Organized Chaos between -7 - 8 PM.    Subtitled "Can't Stand the Heat? Its only gonna get hotter!", the exhibit will showcase 10 of Mr. Breglia's highly praised pieces, which have arrived at the Schenectady location after successful openings at Gallery 107 (Cobleskill) and Cooperstown Art Association (CAA) in conjunction with Earth Festival 2009. Whether it is Art imitating nature or ego acting out through unconscious, creative activity, Mr. Breglia's artistic expressions have found a following.  At both former showings, his offerings provided a fresh flashpoint for discussion, and his visual musings on the future of global warming are accomplished and provocative.   "The Moon and River is excited about this installation," says proprietor Richard Genest. Who also hosts "Schenectady Today," the County's longest running open mic each Friday on cable channel 16 SACC.  "We're pleased to exhibit Mr. Breglia's work throughout this month, which focuses on drawing people to what has evolved to become a dynamic downtown destination. The Moon and River is an evening coffee house with light vegetarian fare and become a gathering place in renovated, historic Schenectady. This exhibit on global warming focuses on issues that are important to most of our clientele and reflects their worldview on issues of concern today."  Even Gallery visitors who know Mr. Breglia may be surprised by the diverse array of large-scale acrylic-on-canvas offerings that include:
  • Stuck, a 3-dimensional hanging sculpture showing distressed faces cast in plaster;
  • Global Warming,   the title piece of the show depicting the iconic Great Oak at the Arboretum - in deep distress;
  • Dave Yarrow, an homage to environmental activist - and major influence on Mr. Breglia; and
  • A Requiem for the Trees, a 16"x20" painting illuminating a beautiful forest of trees as imagined on ghostlike, moonlight night.
One of the show's centerpieces - and perhaps a Breglia favorite, is The Gyre, a blend of plaster molds made from his and his wife Erin's faces, amid three-dimensional shapes of plastic bottles, forks, computer ink cartridges, and other pieces of modern plastic trash covered with murky layers of acrylic paint. The artwork brings attention to at least five areas in the world's oceans where currents have creates a watery wasteland of plastic debris discarded from countries, garbage barges, and ships. A Man for All Seasons: Off-beat and Beyond the Ordinary Mr. Breglia, in fact, is a nationally recognized environmentalist, arborist, frequent speaker, author, and educator who Capital Region residents recognized as a regular and knowledgeable guest on WAMC's Vox Pop Gardening Show. For horticulturalists, environmentalists, "earth watchers, " and an increasing number of socially conscious Capital Region residents alike, mention of the name Breglia conjures up near-instant associations with several established entities that serve as emblematic bellwethers in the forefront of environmental issues throughout the northeast. Among these are:
  • The Landis Arboretum, where he serves as director of horticulture and operations;
  • The New York Old Growth Forest Association, of which he is cofounder and president.
  • New York State Champion Tree Project Inc., a non-profit entity dedicated to the preservation and propagation of National and NYS champion trees, for which he is a Board Member and official Tree;
  • The Schoharie County Big Tress Project, for which he serves as official measurer - and personally nominated 30 trees for Champion designation); and
  • The Earth Charter Roundtable, for which Mr. Breglia is a highly visible, active, and passionate advocate.
Three times in 2007, organizations within New York State recognized the outstanding accomplishments of Fred Breglia. In concert with the 40th anniversary of its Educational Opportunity Program, the State University of New York selected Mr. Breglia as one of 40 Educational Opportunity Program graduates representative of the tens of thousands who have passed through the program in its four-decade history. The EOP commendation follows closely on the heels of Mr. Breglia's selection as one of the Capital Region's 40 Under Forty young entrepreneurs by the Business Review and his designation as SUNY Cobleskill's 2007 Alumnus of the Year. His reputation and influence have been paramount in expanding the presence of the Landis Arboretum within professional organizations nationally and within gardening circles throughout the northeast, (he is a frequent speaker at garden clubs and an annual mainstay speaker at the Capital District Annual Flower and Garden Show). About the Landis Arboretum As the Capital region's Arboretum, Landis is a multifaceted natural jewel. It now encompasses 548 acres of trees, shrubs, old growth forest and, of course, breath-taking vistas, and memorable gardens. Long a destination of choice among Capital District gardeners, environmentalists, nature lovers, hikers, bikers, and birders, the Landis Arboretum may be one of the best-kept secrets of the northern Catskills. The Landis Arboretum includes a nationally recognized collection of oaks and is registered with the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC). The Arboretum also is included in the New York State Route 20 Bluebird Trail, bringing even more birdwatchers to the site. The Arboretum's vast dark sky and wide horizons attract area astronomers to its meeting house and parking field for sky-watching events The Arboretum embraces hundreds of outstanding trees and shrubs from around the world assembled on a 548-acre, privately held, former estate of its founder Fred Lape on his family farm in the Northern Catskills. Straddling Montgomery and Schoharie Counties, Landis encompasses expansive grounds with imaginative and well-maintained natural heritage collections, public gardens, and acres of natural areas, considered excellent for viewing wildlife in their native ecosystems.  As the Capital Region's Arboretum, Landis serves all residents in the extended Capital Region, which includes (Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Ulster). Many regular visitors to Landis hail from Western Massachusetts, the Berkshires, Westchester, and western New York State. A 501 c 3 corporation, the Arboretum depends heavily of donations, grants, and fundraising events. Within under two miles travel distance from scenically designated Route 20 and the route I-88 corridor that links Albany with Cooperstown, Finger Lakes Regions and beyond, the Landis Arboretum is an accessible national treasure within easy reach of New York State's Capital Region.    See/Experience for Yourself See and experience this timely exhibit at Schenectady's Moon and River Café.  Moon and River is located at 115 South Ferry Street, Schenectady; 5183821938; mailto: Contact: Thom O'Connor Landis Arboretum; 518.875.6935.